Research Associate in X-Ray CT Imaging of Syntactic Foams Under Compression

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum
25 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 03/01/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Applied Mathematics
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Fixed term starting 1 Febuary 2019 until

The appointment will be in the School of Mathematics within the Waves in Complex Continua research group. The appointee will undertake experimental research into understanding the constitutive behaviour of complex nonlinear composite materials by X-Ray Computed Tomography (CT). The focus here is on microsphere composites, a specific class of syntactic foams. The main objective of the project is to perform X-ray imaging experiments of samples under compressive load in order to inform and validate the theoretical branch of the project and in particular to be able to accurately predict the load and unload response of such microsphere composite materials. The project will also be informed by industrial collaborators.

The appointed individual will be expected to work closely with two other postdoctoral research associates and communicate effectively with industrial partners.

The Waves in Complex Continua group has broad research interests in metamaterials, wave propagation and scattering in fluids and solids with applications including aero and hydroacoustics, elastodynamics, and industrial and biological composite materials. Other activity in physical applied mathematics within the School of Mathematics includes areas such as high Reynolds number and experimental fluid dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, granular materials and inverse problems.

Applicants should have, or be working towards, a PhD level qualification in a scientific discipline. Experience of X-ray CT imaging and data visualisation software such as Avizo is essential. Some knowledge of constitutive testing of materials and mathematical modelling would be highly advantageous. The appointee must have knowledge of skills commensurate with the intended analyses and should be capable of working under their own initiative. The appointed individual will work as part of a larger team comprising mathematical modellers and industrial collaborators, so excellent communication and organisational skills are required.

The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School holds a Bronze Award for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Prof William J. Parnell


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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Tel: 0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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